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Religious Holidays and Observances

Attached please find a list of Religious Holidays and Observances as of 8/24/16.  Students may request an excused absence to participate in any of the listed events. If any observances are not listed, please contact Mark Orgeron at morgeron@unm.edu.

The reasonable requests of students, faculty and staff related their observance of holidays must be accommodated.  Please take these holidays and observances into consideration when planning meetings and events.  It is important to understand that reasonable requests can also include observances that are not listed on calendar on this web page.  For example, some Tribal observances are dependent on natural occurrences which cannot be predicted far in advance. In those cases, accommodations would have to be requested by the individual when religious or holiday observances are arranged.  Some of these ceremonies can last for several days.

 UNM policy 2720: Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and Affirmative Action, prohibits religious discrimination and requires reasonable accommodation of employees and students sincerely held religious beliefs, observances, and practices when requested, unless accommodation would impose an undue hardship on business operations.

Please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at http://oeo.unm.edu or 277-5251 to receive guidance regarding requests for, or responses to, religious accommodation requests. Failure to provide reasonable accommodations for religious holidays, observances and practices may be regarded as a policy violation.

 Religious Holidays 2016-2017 Academic Year

(Please note that only the holidays which will affect the academic calendar are listed)

Click here for a downloadable PDF of the Religious Observances

Date
Holiday/Observance
Association
September 2, 2016
Acoma
Patron Saint - St. Stephen
Native American
September 4, 2016
Isleta
Patron Saint - St. Augustine
Native American
September 12-13, 2016
Eid al-Adha
Islamic
September 19, 2016
Laguna
Patron Saint - St. Joseph
Native American
September 30, 2016
Taos
Patron Saint - San Geronimo
Native American
October 2-4, 2016
Rosh Hashanah
Work Forbidden
Jewish
October 4, 2016
Nambe
Patron Saint - St. Francisco de Assisi
Native American
October 11-12, 2016
Yom Kippur
Work Forbidden
Jewish
October 16-23, 2016
Sukkot
Work Forbidden
Jewish
October 23-25, 2016
Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah
Work Forbidden
Jewish
November 3, 2016
Diwali
Hindu
November 11, 2016
Veteran's Day 
Other
November 12, 2016
Tesuque
Patron Saint - San Diego
Native American
November 12, 2016
Jemez
Patron Saint -San Diego
Native American
December 12, 2016
Pojoaque
Patron Saint - Our Lady of Guadalupe
Native American
December 25, 2016
Christmas
Christian
January 23, 2017
St. Ildefonso
Patron Saint -San Ildefonso
Native American
January 28, 2017
Chinese New Year
Other
March 1, 2017
Ash Wednesday
May mandate attendance at
religious service or Mass
Christian
April 10-18. 2017
Passover/Pesach
Work forbidden on first two days and
last two days
Jewish
April 14, 2017
Good Friday
Christian
April 16, 2017
Easter
Christian
April 23, 2017
Lailat al-Mirah
Work forbidden
Islamic
May 1, 2017
San Felipe
Patron Saint -St. Phillip
Native American
May 27 - June 25, 2017
Ramadan
Islamic
May 30 - June 1, 2017
Shavuot
Jewish
June 13, 2017
Sandia
Patron Saint - St. Anthony
Native American
June 24, 2017
Ohkay Owingeh
Patron Saint - St. Anthony
Native American
June 25, 2017
Eid al-Fitr
Islamic
July 14, 2017
Cochiti
Patron Saint - St. Bonaventure
Native American
July 26, 2017 
Santa Ana
Patron Saint - St. Anne
Native American
August 4, 2017
Kewa
Patron Saint - Domingo St. Dominic
Native American
August 10, 2017
Picuris
Patron Saint - St. Lawrence
Native American
August 12, 2017
Santa Clara
Patron Saint - St. Clare
Native American
August 15, 2017
Zia
Patron Saint - Our Lady of Assumption
Native American
Hindu New Year's Day
These vary depending on the community
link to varies communities
Hindu
Zuni
Patron Saint - Our Lady of Guadalupe
Does Not Hold Feast Day
Native American


*Islamic holidays are based on the cycles of the moon; geographic location will determine date/time of celebration

**Jewish holidays last from sundown to sundown

Click here for a downloadable PDF of the Religious Observances